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Old 09-01-2008, 06:12 PM   #1
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Talking My First Cycle Readings

Hey guys I took my First Cycle Readings today I had the Shrimp in for about 3 days or so and right now my readings are

Ammonia 0.50 ppm
Nitrate 0.0 ppm
Nitrite 0.0 ppm
PH Level 8.2 ppm
Water Temp- 79.6

I also have my Skimmer and Fluval Filter running I also have my Media also inside my canister filter should I remove them and put in LR Rubble for replacement?

Let me know if my cycle has started....
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Old 09-01-2008, 09:03 PM   #2
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Your cycle has started...barely, but it has started. I would not run the skimmer while cycling, and I would replace the bioballs with LR rubble for the cycle. Hmm, how much LR rubble can you put in a cannister? Someone who has one can answer.... Mike?
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Old 09-01-2008, 11:11 PM   #3
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Well I just replace my media with LR rubble I use one of my LR that was infested with Aipitisa.... I took it out and scrubbed them off and what ever was dead pretty much i broke up into pieces and it pretty much full up all 4 Media Baskets that I have inside my canister filter.... I will only run my Canister for now on til Cycle is done.... I had to actually put 4 gallons of water back into the tank because 2 gallon went into the canister and about 2 gallons evaporated i just hope that did not ruin the start of my cycle process... Let me know... if it's still good...
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Old 09-02-2008, 07:10 PM   #5
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Thumbs up Diatoms

So I notice my sand is turning Brown and reading in recent threads it's Diatoms.... It that also part of the cycle process?:p
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Old 09-03-2008, 08:12 PM   #6
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Should I be taking cycle readings everyday..... I took test on the Sep 1st and Sep 2nd.... None today.... Just wondering I only have 1 shrimp in my tank and yesterday my Ammonia reading was already up to 1.0ppm.... Let me know if i should keep checking?
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Every couple days will be OK.
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Cool. Thanks Melosu
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No problem. Your ammonia will probably get up to around 3 before it starts to go down.
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oh one more thing is it OK to run a Power Head while it's cycling?
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